Staffordshire graduate receives national forensics award
A Forensics graduate who went above and beyond during his time at Staffordshire University has been recognised for his achievements with a prestigious national award.
Philip Pikula, 21, from Croydon studied BSc (Hons) Forensic Science and has been named joint winner of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences Most Meritorious Undergraduate Award.
“I don’t really believe it! It’s not sunk in yet.” said Philip, who achieved first class marks throughout the course and was awarded a prize each year for ‘The Best Overall Performance from a Forensic Science Student’.
Philip was also heavily involved in extra-curricular activities and was an active committee member of the Forensic and the Crime Science society, organising events ranging from a forensics conference to a Murder Masquerade Ball.
Philip was one of the first students to study in the University’s £30m Science Centre. He said: “The facilities in the Science Centre and on campus are amazing. Working in the Crime Scene House was great because you get to practice the real life skills that you’re learning about which I think that really helps you understand what you’re studying.”
Philip added: “The lecturers were really supportive and always had time to help me outside of lectures. I think that’s one of the reasons I managed to achieve the grades I did.”
Philip wants to follow in the footsteps of his tutors and go into teaching himself. He is currently working as a Science Technician and Learning Support Assistant at Bencham Manor School in his hometown and plans to do a PGCE to teach Biology and Chemistry next year.
Philip’s lecturer Laura Walton-Williams said: “We are delighted to hear that Philip has been recognised by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences. Achieving this award is an excellent accomplishment and for him to be honoured by our professional body in this way is a testament to what an excellent student Philip was.”
“He worked incredibly hard throughout his degree, and we are confident that Philip will continue to excel in his role at Bencham Manor School in Croydon and wish him luck with his future endeavours.”
For the prize Philip has received one year's complimentary Associate membership of the Society and a framed certificate.
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